I would much rather give money to a charity to help whatever ill it is attempting to help than give it to the government. As soon as money goes to the government a huge chunk of it goes away. A well run charity will do a much better job of fulfilling the mission than the government ever will.
But, our veterans should never wont for anything, especially when it comes to long term medical treatment.
There's a caveat in all of this: check to see how much of a charity's money actually goes to those in need, rather than CEO salaries and fundraising. There are several good sources for this online.
As it is with everything: Let the buyer beware.
Also, in response to trollslayer: the VA can be very wonderful (the things you mentioned) and it can also be very awful. I think a large part of it is that folks now survive injuries that in the past would have killed them. The system simply is overwhelmed to a large degree. (Not defending this, just offering an explanation.) I worked with the VA when I was younger, and like any agency, they could be very, very slow.
Won't speak for Dunk; but my choices were sign up or be drafted.
My military pay was less than I made working a few evenings a week for KFC.
shouldn't have signed up for a job taking our hard earned tax dollars serving yourself and your family monetarily with useless wars killing hundreds of thousands of innocent people profiting only the US industrial war machine. ISIS is ya'lls fault. karma is a bitch Dunk.
We were wounded warriors in combat,now we're wounded warriors at home. When does the madness stop & when do we stop getting "wounded"????
When does corporate America stop stealing to fill their own pockets.
"The short answer is the federal government does a terrible job of doing anything for veterans after they've served."
1. Helped me through college via the GI bill. I never could have done it otherwise.
2. One month in the VA hospital recovering from a motorcycle wreck.
3. Covered my medical when I decided to drop my health insurance a few years ago. Bonus: No Obamacare fine.
Also, all charities may not be corrupt but they all have CEO's and COO's, just like any other corporation. Before you donate, you might want to see just how much of your donation goes to these executives salaries. Except religious charities, of course, but then again they have no government oversight so who knows where your donations go.
What I can't understand is why so many African-Americans vote for her. Given her actions, which have (along with Bill's) been pretty destructive to the community, I'd think they'd be feeling the Bern.
"No, because he *really is* racist/violent/exclusionary/hawkish..."
So is every establishment politician in Washington. Clyburn called Clinton a racist in 2008. She supports the war on drugs, takes money from the prison industrial complex that her husband practically invented and she supported, and she has a policy of reigning drone violence down upon communities of color in the Middle East. Her elitism and love of Wall Street seek to exclude the 99% from the economic gains in society. Anyone who tries to protest Hillary is dealt with:
You just prefer Kabuki theater to reality television.
"Agreed. Totally player hating. But what's the difference? Trump hate is justified because he *really is* Hitler?"
No, because he *really is* racist/violent/exclusionary/hawkish...
Everything that makes people hate Trump come from Trump's own butthole-ish mouth.
Obama was hated due to birther-conjecture, skin color and party affiliation.
It obviously isn't 1:1 because Trump hasn't marched any ethnic group into the showers, but there are several parallels.
The one that is scariest to me is the demonization of media. Freedom of press is necessary for democracy, and the idea that he could open libel/slander laws to suppress political opponents is Nazism 101.
Add in the racism, angry populism....
It's not hard to see why some would make that connection.
"Except Trump's rhetoric and populism actually mirrors the rise of Nazism (albeit with slightly toned-down violence)."
In what legitimate ways? I mean, why always Nazism? Plenty of populist uprisings in the history of the world. I like Trump as Robespierre:
"Terror is only justice: prompt, severe and inflexible; it is then an emanation of virtue; it is less a distinct principle than a natural consequence of the general principle of democracy, applied to the most pressing wants of the country."
"The King must die so that the country may live."
"Pity is treason"
A megalomaniac manipulating populist anger against the elites. Trump is much more guillotine, where you drag them out and ridicule them in public before chopping their heads off, than the anonymous death in a gas chamber or work camp. Ask Lindsey Graham, and Carley Fiorina, and Jeb Bush, and Marco Rubio. Their heads are on spikes on the top of Trump Tower.
"Fear of Obama was entirely imagined by the Racist Right because the idea of a black democrat president was so so distasteful."
Agreed. Totally player hating. But what's the difference? Trump hate is justified because he *really is* Hitler?
Did Clinton think that as SoS she would never ever receive something that would be classified at one point or another? "content not classification"? "Born classified"? These are rules. Anything coming from foreign countries is considered "born classified" until the proper Fed authorities deem them 'classified' or not. Sending and receiving e-mails from a civilian, Sydney Blumenthal, about Benghazi, while he was in Libya, he also on an unsecure server, which we now know was hacked. How do these actions seem OK? "Others did it, too". No. Private e-mails on Government servers is not the same as private e-mails on an unsecured private server.
In other news: http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2016/0…
"Trump as a Nazi is the equivalent of Obama as a witch doctor."
Except Trump's rhetoric and populism actually mirrors the rise of Nazism (albeit with slightly toned-down violence).
Fear of Obama was entirely imagined by the Racist Right because the idea of a black democrat president was so so distasteful.
This is whats its come down to for the highest elected office in the USA.....choosing between a known bullshitter & liar and a complete and total megalomaniac. I am not known for praying... but may sweet little Baby Jesus protect us from both of them. Vermin Supreme for 2016, his free pony platform and pony based economy is looking better and better each day.
"she is still preferable to a fascist like Donald Trump."
The left is freaking out about Trump in the same way the right was freaking out about Obama. Trump as a Nazi is the equivalent of Obama as a witch doctor. It's always the end of days if so-and-so gets elected.
The violence at the Trump rallies has been a) lame and b) a regular part of the political process since Hamilton shot Burr. The unions are the muscle of the left. They have a long history of using violence in the political process. Now that Trump has gotten to the left of Clinton on trade and jobs, he's stealing the union workers and their zeal and it's suddenly very upsetting.
Whatever Trump's faults, his goal of ending the free trade agreements under which multi-national corporations are raping the American workers is the single most important idea in this election.
She also dodged sniper fire is Bosnia. She will lie at the drop of a hat! Great article Matt.
Yeah anyone who would lie to the faces of the families of those killed in Benghazi is preferable to Trump, anyone who has been serial lying to the public about her email server as all of the facts dribble out is preferable to Trump, , Anyone that takes Wall Streets money and promises to leave the southern border wide open is preferable to Trump. MMMMmm, wait a minute, Trump doesn't seem so bad after all.
she has lied so many times she forgets the truth, which of course "it depends on how you definite the meaning of the word is-is" circa 1997 bubba Clinton,what a team, they would make. they are viral, willing to do anything for power, truly EVIL to the core
I've had two visions.
Vision 1 happened when Trump was yelling "get him out of here!" to his security team about some protester. Reminded me of Pink Floyd's The Wall.
Are there any queers in the theater tonight?
Get 'em up against the wall
There's one in the spotlight, he don't look right to me
Get him up against the wall
And that one looks jewish!
And that one's a coon!
Who let all this riffraff into the room?
There's one smoking a joint!
And another with spots!
If I had my way
I'd have all of you shot!
Vision 2 is that Trump will put the nail in the coffin of the Democratic Party. The Democratic Party currently control the House, Senate, and Governor in only 7 states. Of the 99 state legislative bodies across the United States, the Dems control less than 33. While everyone is so concerned that Trump is destroying the Republican Party, it is the Democratic Party that is about to be destroyed. And they don't even see it coming.
The Democrats cannot run Clinton against Trump and expect to win.
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